Things are changing, for the better
About a year or so ago I wrote this article on pathways into sprint in Victoria. Things are changing a little, Glenn Doney is the new VIS head coach and he's making some changes to how riders are recruited into the VIS sprint program. It's now reaching down a little lower in age groups than it has in the past, watch for some interesting announcements soon from the VIS on how that's working.
The pathway is now :
VIS -> AIS
Some of you may remember the sprint academy, it was a layer between the state institutes, eg VIS, NSWIS, SASI, WAIS etc and the AIS program, designed to fill a void. It looks like the SIS/SAS layer is being broadened a little and mostly absorbing the role that the academy filled for a year.
So, how is this relevant?
We're working on setting up a layer below the VIS to develop sprinters, to feed riders into the VIS program. A little like the old NTID program was, a layer where identified promising juniors are pulled into a sprint squad that will train seperatly from the VIS squad. The VIS squad is now quite large, and coached exclusively by Hilton Clarke, with my assistance doing motorbike work and power meter stuff etc. I'm not directly coaching anyone in that VIS sprint group. I think we're going to call the new developent squad the Victorian Sprint Developent Squad, or VSDS.
So the pathway will end up, as soon as we can get it all sorted :
Club -> VSDS -> VIS sprint -> AIS Sprint
There's a lot of work to do to get it running and we need buy-in from a number of groups, so the politics will be a challenge, but I'm confident that we can have it going soon and it will be a leading structure, that the rest of the country may duplicate in time.